Jacob deGrom leaves with lat tightness for precautionary reasons

New York's lanky ace had a terrific outing on Friday, but removed himself from the game early after experiencing tightness in his lat muscle.

Jacob deGrom is a future father to be as the imminent birth of his first child has for sure been on his mind as it should. Friday, he pitched six strong innings in the Mets 7-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. DeGrom left as a precaution due to some lat tightness something similar to what Steven Matz pulled last year. DeGrom listened to his body and instead of risking a longer term injury. For a young deGrom, it's good to see him make a mature decision especially early in the season where some pitchers his age would try to pitch through it. 

Neil Walker is having himself a nice first few games as the middle of the lineup is doing what it's supposed to do, produce runs. Lucas Duda doubled and scored in the sixth, Walker had a few RBIs and Michael Conforto picked up a couple as well. The bullpen lead by Jim Henderson was once again impressive early on. Hansel Robles struck out his first batter but seemed to get unnerved by David Wright's throwing error. Antonio Bastardo pitched as well as advertised and folks, the 2016 season is now officially in full swing and the New York Mets are looking no worse for wear. 

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